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HIST 476 (IL) (ASIA 476) Technology & Society in Modern Asia (3) Role of technology in modernization, national identity, and foreign relations of an Asian country from 19th century to present day.

HIST (ASIA) 476 Technology & Society in Modern Asia (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The countries of Asia are often seen (or imagined) in the West today in terms of their technological capabilities. This course will examine the role of technology in the modernization, national identities, and foreign relations of one or more countries of East, South, or Southeast Asia from the mid-19th century to the present day. Specific content will vary according to individual instructor, but topics may include the relationship between technological development and international relations, national power, leisure, domestic political and aesthetic movements, war, empire, and trade, as well as the impact of technology on interconnected images of self and other on the part of the peoples of Western and Asian countries.
The objectives of the course are not only to learn about the role of technology in modern East Asia, but also to encourage us to rethink the way we view other countries and the factors that go into those perceptions (as well as developing a new way of understanding of what contributes to the views other peoples hold of their own countries). Students will also consider the changing role that technology has played (and continues to play) in all modern societies.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2014
Prerequisite: ASIA 100, HIST 172, HIST 173, HIST 174, HIST 175, HIST 176, HIST 183, HIST 184, HIST 188

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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